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Understanding the role of contingencies in a real estate contract

Contracts enable buyers and sellers of real estate to protect their objectives during the transaction. People looking to buy or sell their home in Delaware would benefit from learning about the components of a well-written and structurally sound contract. 

Contingencies are one aspect of real estate agreements. People who understand the role of contingencies can use them to their advantage. They can use contingent agreements as leverage to achieve their end goals. 

Contingencies provide flexibility

Signing a contract for the purchase or sale of a home is a significant decision for anyone. Because it requires significant planning and financing, many people spend considerable time weighing their options before agreeing to any contractual terms. According to MSN, contingencies provide people with comforting flexibility. Both buyer and seller have the option of backing out if contingent terms are not met. 

When contingencies fall through, both parties have the chance to renegotiate or suggest alternative options to save the sale. However, if no agreeable solution will satisfy everyone, both parties can back out with relatively little damage. 

Contingency types

The overarching objective of buyers and sellers influence which contingencies they choose to include in their contract. U.S. News suggests some common contingency examples including the following: 

  • Inspection contingency 
  • Home sale contingency 
  • Appraisal contingency 
  • Financing contingency 

Both parties can suggest contingencies and negotiate the terms of the agreement. Once both buyer and seller complete their obligations in the contract, the sale is final and the title transferal process begins. People should practice care in defining their understanding of contingencies to guarantee that the other party completes contingent variables according to desired expectations. 

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